"Iditawalker" Denis Douglas of Soldotna will be attempting his third hike starting January 25th. Douglas has made the 1,049-mile trek to Nome along the Iditarod Trail alone and on foot twice before, and like the original Iditarod dogsled serum run in 1925, Douglas will be walking to help those in need.
Last year Douglas walked the Iditarod Trail pulling a sled for the benefit of the families of the firefighters and rescue workers that perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11th. "I had walked the trail 10 years earlier to raise funds for a friend that had a brain tumor. After the 911 attack I felt that making the walk again was something that I could personally do to try and help," said Douglas.
The trip was such a success that Douglas decided that he would make the trek once again and maybe, if all goes well, even make the Iditawalk an annual event. This time Douglas will be walking to help four different groups, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Denis Leary Firefighters Foundation, Children's Organ Transplant Association, and the Whole in the Wall Gang Foundation. "While I've walked alone in the past, anyone willing to join me in the Iditawalk or to help raise some needed funds for some good causes will be welcome this year," said Douglas. Anyone interested in walking or donating can visit Douglas's website at www.walkalaska.com. Contributions may be mailed to Denis Douglas c/o Soldotna Elks Lodge, P.O. Box 2030, Soldotna, Alaska 99669.
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